Alcaraz will return to number one just before Roland Garros

The Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, brand new champion of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, guaranteed his return to number 1 in the world ranking in the next update, prior to the Roland Garros tournament, the second Grand Slam of the year.

Thanks to his title in Madrid, Alcaraz, second in the ranking, came close on Monday to just five points behind the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who plans to return to the circuit this week at the Masters 1000 in Rome, after being absent in the Spanish capital due to a nuisance in the elbow. However, the Balkan can only aspire to keep the units accumulated in the edition for being the defending champion. The Spaniard, on the other hand, will add all the points he accumulates, thus surpassing the Serb, even in a first round loss at the Foro Italico because he was absent from last year’s edition.

Alcaraz was already number one in the world last year when he won the US Open and held onto it until the Australian Open in January, when Djokovic regained it after winning the title. The Spaniard returned to hold the leadership briefly after consecrating himself champion in Indian Wells, but he could not hold it for more than two weeks, when he could not reissue his title in Miami.

With the European season of brick dust, Alcaraz returned to add strong with the titles in Barcelona and Madrid and thus closed the gap with Djokovic, whom he will overcome in 14 days, just before the start of Roland Garros. With Rafael Nadal in doubt and, in the best of cases, present without previous matches and with Djokovic recovering from injury, the Murcian appears as the main favorite to win the title in Paris

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This is the ranking

The “top ten” of the ranking registered just one change: the rise of the American Taylor Fritz to ninth place instead of the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, tenth.

The top eight places are occupied by Djokovic, Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev (Russia), Casper Ruud (Norway), Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece), Andrey Rublev (Russia), Holger Rune (Denmark) and Jannik Sinner (Italy).

The Argentines: the descent of Peque

As has been happening week by week, the news regarding Argentine tennis players is a new sharp decline for Diego Schwartzman, who was very close to leaving the top 100. After the defeats in the first round in Madrid against Frenchman Hugo Grenier and against the Italian Mattia Bellucci in the Challenger of Cagliari, Peque suffered a drop of 19 positions and fell to 91st place, behind Francisco Cerúndolo (31°, -1), Sebastián Báez (40°, -9), Tomás Etcheverry (61 °, -2), Pedro Cachín (68 °, -1) and Federico Coria (90, -12), the other Argentines who are among the 100 best in the world.

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